The Intellectual Property Law Clinic is run through the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center (MIPLRC), which is located on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park. Students are expected to spend several hours per week at the MIPLRC office in College Park, where they will be working with high tech start-up companies and individual entrepreneurs facing a broad variety of IP issues. The precise number of hours required is determined by the number of credits for which a student has registered.
Students will explore IP needs with clients and will assist them in building various aspects of an IP portfolio. In the past, students have performed prior art searches and prepared patentability opinions; prepared provisional and non-provisional utility patent applications and design applications; and counseled clients on strategies for protecting information as a trade secret. Students have also worked on copyright registrations and trademark and service mark applications, and they have prepared confidentiality agreements and licensing agreements. The clinic participates in the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Law School Clinical Certification Pilot Program, giving students limited recognition to practice before the office for purposes of filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications while they are in the clinic.
The Clinic includes a “classroom” component, consisting of weekly two-hour meetings at the Law School. During these meetings, students will brief classmates on their projects and discuss strategy and work plans, as well as ethical challenges they are facing. The weekly meeting also includes a substantive component, during which students receive instruction on practical topics such as how to prepare and prosecute a patent application and how to draft a nondisclosure agreement.
Evening students are not precluded from enrolling in the IP Clinic. However, students whose schedules will not permit them to participate in regular office hours and meet with clients between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm should not register for this course.
Pre- or co-requisite: Intellectual Property Law Survey (may be waived at the instructor's discretion). Instructor permission is required in order to register for this course. Students who enroll in this course are also required to attend the Law Practice Orientation Program offered at the beginning of each semester.
Current & Previous Instructors:
|528D (CRN: 22854) Credits: 5|
Spring, 2015 (Twilight).
|528D (CRN: 25618) Credits: 4|
Spring, 2015 (Twilight).